December 06, 2009

The Silver Bella Journals


I've long had a love affair with pen and paper. I've had more journals in my life than I can count. I find the very idea of them very satisfying. The very idea of them. However, like with some other things in my life, it's possible that I start off strong and then peter out. I think this time will be different. And if you say that I think that every time, I will call you a liar. Even if you aren't.

I feel consumed with passion to journal. I've spent the last year thinking about what kind of journals I want and what I want to get out of the experience. And this time I have journals that I made and that somehow feels different. This first journal makes my heart sing and calls me to spend time with it. I didn't make it out of the airport after Silver Bella before I started.


I made this in a class I took from Rebecca Sower. I admire her so much. Aside from the journal, the best thing I got from the class was a quote from Rebecca "Perfection is boring". I needed that. I can't tell you how many times, that week and in the weeks since, I have repeated that phrase to myself. I mean really, why would you want to strive for boring?


Notice all the ripped edges, rough surfaces, cracks and layers of imperfection here?

 
Here's a little peek inside. She supplied us with various and assorted types and sizes of paper and it really gives it that much more character.
 
This is a journal I made in a class taught by Anna Corba.  You can see that it is really much more simple. 

 
I love it but I'm much more drawn to journal in the other one. I'm thinking about using this as more of a photograph/journal of our lives for the next year. It seems to call for a more simple use. Any other ideas?

A little detail because I always assume that you guys love the details as much as I do.


 I hope you are all enjoying a perfectly imperfect day.





18 comments:

  1. Beustiful artwork and oh so lovely....happy that you had such a wonderfully inspiring Bella time.
    Thanks for sharing these ...love the coloring on the first one and the sweet poms on the second.Poms are something I love to use in everything!
    Blessings...

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  2. EEEK! I'm so inspired right now! Gorgeous work, Jen!!!

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  3. This journal is unbelievable! So sweet! How lucky you are to be able to attend Silver Bella~

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  4. The journals are absolutely beautiful. One for photo's and one for ponderings sounds like a perfect plan. This next year will be so full for you, it will be fun to document each step of the way.

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  5. Love your additions to your journals....especially the pearls!

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  6. So decadently wonderful! That first one is especially killer. Love the rough edges.

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  7. hi jen,

    each one is so lovely. the top is my fave! beautiful.

    imperfect = shabby = unique = awesome!

    xo

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  8. I love your journal, it is beautiful. Mine is still in the bag it came home in, I have been swamped!! Anyone who ever has the opportunity to take a class from Rebecca Sower, DO IT!!!!! she is the best and inspires great things...........

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  9. Oh those journals are gorgeous . . . I love, love the first one!

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  10. Jen, these are GORGEOUS! Love the colors!

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  11. Wow Jen, those are gorgeous! I am like you, I have had a long love of pen and paper for as long as I can remember. However, I have NEVER had anything to write on as beautiful as those!! That IS inspiring!
    I love hearing about Silver Bella, what a wonderful time for women. I was reading someone else's blog the other night and was looking at her pics as well. What a wonderful thing! :)
    Kristi

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  12. Gorgeous journals Jen! Like you, I have a love of pens/paper/journaling & you can't have too many journals :-)

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  13. Yes, it's important to do what you love - keep feeling the bliss.

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  14. Ooh - I love paper too, but in a completely different way from you. And pens... mmmm. And notecards with colored envelopes...

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  15. PERFECTLY.....IMPERFECT. I am currently taking an online journaling class and absolutely love the process of putting pen to paper. It is so different than typing my thoughts...feels more free. I love the outcome of your journal...I am inspired to make my own.

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  16. The journal from the RS class is my fav also. Suggestions for the other one? OK, send it to me. So there.
    Love,
    Mom Carol

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  17. Beautiful, feminine diaries - I would be inspired to write poetry - so it would be a complete work of art- inside and out.
    Great work!

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